Avocados are one of the healthiest fruits on the planet: full of healthy fats, protein, dietary fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins such as C, K, B, and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, copper and iron, these fruits are truly a powerhouse of nutrients.
Today, you’ll learn how to grow your own avocado tree from an avocado seed – and you don’t even have to have a backyard to do it!
Take an avocado seed and stick 4 toothpicks into it. They should be placed evenly around the circumference of the seed. Now place the avocado seed in a glass of water so that only half of it is submerged (the toothpicks will hold it in the right place). The seed should be kept soaked between 2-6 weeks, preferably on a windowsill with direct sunlight. Avocados need lots of sunlight!
During these 2-6 weeks, the roots or a stem should sprout. When the stem is about 6 inches long, cut it back to about 3 inches.
After the roots have thickened, it’s time to plant the seed. Take a 10-inch diameter pot and make a hole in the soil for the seed. Plant the seed carefully, making sure that its roots are in the soil – however, half of the seed should remain exposed.
Regularly water the seed so that the soil is moist all the time, but be careful not to over-saturate it (2-3 times a week should do it).
Tip: if the leaves turn yellow, you should let the plant dry out and then continue watering it but with a smaller amount of water; if the leaves turn brown and dry, the plant needs more water.
Now is the time to be patient. In order to grow, avocado trees need time – just like any other plant and tree. All you have to do now is make sure the plant has enough sunlight, water and nutrient-rich soil.
Bear in mind that some avocado trees may take a couple of years before they grow fruit.